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April 4, 2018

Honoring a light extinguished too soon:

Martin Luther King Jr.

The Day Before MLK Died:

“We’ve got some difficult days ahead. …. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life a longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will…. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land.”

MLK, April 3, 1968

Assassination & Aftermath

  • MLK was in Memphis on April 4, 1968 helping sanitation workers on strike when he was killed.
  • Despite MLK’s dedication to nonviolent protest, riots broke out across the U.S. after his murder.
  • Lone gunman convicted for MLK’s murder, but his family never believed he worked alone.

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MLK’s Lasting Legacy

His leadership changed America…
leadingA to the end of segregation, the 1964 Civil Rights Act (ending discrimination based on race, gender, creed) & the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

MLK delivered his famous “I have a dream speech” in 1963.

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MLK is one of only two people with a federal holiday honoring their birth (the other one is George Washington). How it became a holiday (and how it almost didn’t):

SmartHER Highlights:A
It took 32 years before MLK’s birthday (Jan. 15) became a federal holiday in all 50 states.
In 1983, Pres. Reagan signed a law stating it would be observed on the 3rd Monday in January.
In 1994, Pres. Clinton signed a law designating it as a National Day of Service.

by Jenna Lee,